Three years ago, in November 2013, BMW brought the very first i machine in the market, called the BMW i3. The BMW i is the group’s sub-brand that develops plug-in electric vehicles. And ever since the launch of the BMW i3, the brand has sold over 100,000 electric-powered cars and plug-in hybrids to customers worldwide.
Currently, the BMW offers seven models that include all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The company is all set to take the number to 8 by introducing the MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid next year. In addition to this, other future plans include an open top roadster of the BMW i8 sports car with plug-in hybrid drive. This one will be unveiled in 2018. Further ahead, an electric-powered MINI and a purely electric-powered BMW X3 will be out in 2019 and 2020. At the start of the next decade, another, larger BMW i model with electric drive is due to appear called the BMW iNEXT.
On the occasion, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Harald Krüger said that BMW i remains the company’s spearhead in terms of innovation and it will continue to open up groundbreaking technologies for the BMW Group. He further added that when it comes to electric drivetrains, they have already managed to put this technology transfer on the road. The next technological advance BMW will address is automated driving, where the BMW iNEXT will set a new benchmark.
As mentioned earlier, more than 100,000 electric-powered cars and plug-in hybrids are rolled out to customers with the BMW i3 alone reaching a figure of more than 60,000 units. On the other hand, the BMW i8 is said to rank first among electrified sports cars, with more than 10,000 delivered since the middle of 2014.